Four Stages of Growth

Professional trainer Bryan Flanagan identifies four stages of growth.

In stage one, we are “Unconsciously Incompetent.” We’re naive. We don’t even realize how little we know.

In stage two we become “Consciously Incompetent.” We start to realize how little we know and we start to do something about it.

Stage three is “Consciously Competent.” We realize our hard work is paying off as we master a new skill.

Stage four is “Unconsciously Competent.” The new skill has now become second nature and we don’t even think about it any more.

In 2 Peter 1, God describes the Christian life as one of continual growth. Yet many resist growth because it can be painful and humbling to admit your needs and incompetencies. Escaping those first stages of “unconsciously incompetent” and “consciously incompetent” requires that we apply some effort. But the rewards are there, for those who want to redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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